Just when you thought the Peugeot RCZ couldn’t get any better, it does just that. The Asphalt edition of the vehicle has an eye catching telluric grey matt paint finish that really makes the cars subtle curves look even better.
Other features include special Asphalt badges fitted around the car, black brake callipers and 19 inch alloy wheels fitted as standard on the range topping model but only an extra on lesser models. The downside is that only 40 units of the new RCZ will come to the UK.
The interior has had a few changes also, the stitched leather sports seats now come with Asphalt badges on the headrests, and there’s even a set of new door sills and floor mats. The cabin has a very stylish design and a real feel of quality, helped out by the leather lined dashboard.
One of the disadvantages is that there isn’t a huge amount of space in this low-slung Peugeot, adults will be able to squeeze themselves into the back though but only for short journeys.
This new model is based on the RCZ GT 200, the quickest and sharpest car in the model range and the new Asphalt doesn’t disappoint. The 1.6 litre turbo produces 197bhp and is great through the rev range but doesn’t really come into its own until its above 4,500rpm.
The twin chrome exhausts create a raspy growl, and the RCZ is capable of going from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. It is also claimed to have a combined figure of 40.9mpg and Co2 emissions of 159g/km.
Just like the GT model the Asphalt has been tweaked for a much sharper drive with thicker anti roll bars and larger wheel hubs. In the corners it has excellent body control, front end grip and great stability.
The smaller steering wheel helps to provide sharper response, and the short throw six speed manual gear box is fantastic to use. The ride of the car is absolutely wonderful making it a great all round vehicle, it could be a sports car one minutes and a motorway cruiser the next.
It’s not just the styling that’s new, the Asphalt has a bit more kit than the GT model. Front and rear parking sensors, approach and follow me home headlights, sat-nav and an upgraded JBL stereo system have all been fitted.
For this new RCZ Asphalt it commands a £4,050 premium over the GT 200 on which its based, that takes the overall cost to around £30,000 which does seem a little expensive.
There really isn’t a lot at this price point that’s as exclusive or as eye catching as the RCZ Asphalt, and that alone is a reason to have one but you best be quick as there’s only 40 coming to the UK.